NSW Minister Assisting the Premier on Western Sydney and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres has welcomed plans to relocate and consolidate more than 3,000 public servants to new offices in Western Sydney.
“This is a move that will boost Penrith economy and support local jobs as part of the
NSW Government’s ‘decade of decentralisation’ policy,” Mr Ayres said.
“This about a fair go for the people of Penrith and this decision will provide a significant economic boost. It’s a clear demonstration of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s commitment to Western Sydney.
“Starting next year, more than 3,000 public servants will be relocated and consolidated to new offices here in Penrith, as well as in Liverpool and Parramatta,” he said.
NSW Sport and Recreation will move from Sydney Olympic Park to Penrith.
“In the coming weeks, the NSW Government will seek expressions of interest for
5,000 square metres of commercial space here in Penrith, which equates to between
five and 10 stories of additional office space,” Mr Ayres said.
“The move will create a huge amount of activity in the area – stimulating development, supporting local businesses and creating jobs during construction of the new offices.
“Decentralisation makes economic sense. It has the added benefit of ensuring public servants are based in the communities they serve helping to improve the delivery of services.
“The relocation will also provide more opportunities for Penrith residents who want to work closer to where they live, and will help reduce congestion in the Sydney CBD,” Mr Ayres said.
The NSW Government will not own the new office accommodation, but will instead become an anchor tenant for new investment in the region.
“This decentralisation strategy adds to the huge infrastructure projects we are delivering for Western Sydney including WestConnex, the North West and South West Rail Links, as well delivering more nurses, teachers and police,” Mr Ayres concluded.